Tanzanian Trade and Industrial Development Minister Omar Shaaban (C, Front), Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania Chen Mingjian (2nd L, Front) and other delegates pose for a group photo during a conference on the China-Africa cooperation through the Forum on China-Africa China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, October 27, 2022. Delegates at a one-day conference on China-Africa cooperation through the through the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) agreed that the forum has helped to strengthen friendship and cooperation between China and Africa. (Photo by Herman Emmanuel/Xinhua)
DAR ES SALAAM, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) — Delegates to a one-day conference on China-Africa cooperation through the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) agreed that the forum has helped strengthen the friendship and cooperation between China and Africa.
Opening the conference Thursday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Tanzanian Minister of Trade and Industrial Development, Omar Shabaan, said FOCAC, established in 2000, helps Africa achieve industrialization.
FOCAC was an effective platform and multilateral mechanism for China and African countries to hold collective consultations and carry out pragmatic cooperation.
“FOCAC improves the status of African countries in global industry and supply chains,” Shabaan said at the conference jointly organized by the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania and the Center for International Policy – Africa (CIP ), a regional think tank that analyzes global pressures challenges and contributes concrete actions that leaders and citizens can adapt to address them.
Shabaan said Africa’s confidence in China-Africa cooperation is the result of China’s favorable and deliverable policy towards the continent, which is based on sincerity, equality, mutual benefit and common development. aimed at building a community with a shared future for humanity.
Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania Chen Mingjian said FOCAC is a successful example of mutual assistance and common development among developing countries.
Chen said that since the establishment of FOCAC, Chinese companies have built more than 10,000 kilometers of railways, nearly 100,000 kilometers of roads, nearly 1,000 bridges, nearly 100 ports and a large number of hospitals and of schools in Africa, who have made outstanding contributions. improving infrastructure and building capacity for independent development in Africa.
“FOCAC is an important pillar for building a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era,” the Chinese envoy said.
She said that in 2021, the trade volume between China and Africa was 254.2 billion dollars and China’s direct investment stock in Africa exceeded 56 billion dollars, 25 times. and 100 times that of 2000, when the forum was created, respectively.
Wu Peng, secretary-general of the Chinese FOCAC Follow-up Committee and director-general of the African Affairs Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that over the past 22 years, thanks to the continuous activation mechanism and enriching content, FOCAC has become a flag of China-Africa relations and South-South cooperation.
Speaking in a video message, Wu said China firmly believes developing countries should be more confident to open up a new pace suited to their national conditions towards modernization.
Wang Huiyao, chairman of the Center for China and Globalization, said in his video presentation that China-Africa relations are heading towards prosperity and wealth.
“China and Africa have achieved fruitful cooperation in terms of trade, investment, infrastructure, construction and many more,” Wang said.
The Permanent Representative of the African Union (AU) to China, Rahamtalla Osman Elnor, said in a video presentation that the 8th FOCAC Ministerial Conference held in Dakar, Senegal announced initiatives and commitments for significant new development. for the African continent.
Elnor said it was important for African governments and businesses to digest initiatives and commitments and ensure implementation of what was agreed.
CIP Chairman and CEO Omar Mjenga said China-Africa friendship was not an overnight achievement, nor a gift from above.
“The friendship has been nurtured over the years as China and Africa stood by each other and supported each other through difficult times,” Mjenga said.
He added that “it was during these difficult and trying times, when no one was ready to support the continent, that China turned to many African countries despite its poor economic situation at the time.”
Indeed, China and Africa have come together in success and adversity, setting an example of building a global community of shared destiny, Mjenga said.
Conference delegates included former Tanzanian ambassadors to China, ambassadors and high commissioners representing their countries from the African continent, and representatives of international organizations, particularly the United Nations.
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